Jacob Shaw

Cellist, Classical Artist

“Illuminating performances. The Brahms sonatas are quite extraordinary … a revelation…” – STRINGS

International award winning British cellist (b.1988) Jacob Shaw gives acclaimed concerts across Europe, USA and Asia in venues including Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau, Berlin Konzerthaus, Royal Albert Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Oslo Concert House, Walt Disney Concert Hall.

With a vast repertoire and fresh approach to classical concerts, Jacob often tours his “Radical Classic” project as an alternative movement to build a diverse and new generation of classical music lovers. Through “Radical Classic”, he has instigated numerous different projects combining classical music with other mediums such as food, drink, dance, art, and more… In 2018 he will launch Britten Re:Imagined,   with   Ask   La   Cour   Rasmussen   (solo   dancer   from   the   New   York   City   Ballet), choreographing together the 3rd Solo Suite by Benjamin Britten for solo dancer and cello.

His passion for collaborating with different cultures and musical genres has led to projects with indie, jazz, folk, traditional and electronic musicians.

Jacob often instigates outreach projects, last year this included performances in two prisons, an orphanage, a hospital and a refugee center. Highly in demand as a teacher, he has given masterclasses in music universities/conservatories worldwide and in 2016 created his own foundation to support, educate and promote young cellists, the Scandinavian Cello School ( All projects are free to participants and to date, the foundation has facilitated numerous projects including coaching sessions for a young cello soloist at the Berlin Philharmonic (with Berlin   Chamber Orchestra), cello camps in Spain and Poland, and shorter masterclasses in Brazil, Europe and Asia.

Together with his family, Jacob Shaw is the founder and artistic director of the Festival International de   Musique   de   Chambre   en   Charente (   which   with   the   next   edition celebrates their 10th anniversary.

Jacob Shaw is a Pirastro Artist and endorses Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin

Upcoming Dates

5 Minutes with Jacob Shaw

Given the entrepreneurial glint in Shaw’s eye, it’s no surprise that the Shaw Trio has its own festival … READ MORE …

Jacob Shaw Debut Classical CD

Shaw’s tone is rich, but has a distinctive woody quality which
he uses to valuable expressive effect. It allows him to sound
intimate, even at louder dynamics and in fast music … READ MORE …